According to the Real Estate Institute of Australia, the Australian Labor party is going to the federal election with a risky housing tax policy that will exacerbate already falling house prices, force up rents and threaten the broader economy.


‘Labor’s strategy to halve the capital gains tax discount and restrict negative gearing to new properties ignores current economic reality and is misleading Australians about who would really benefit’ say REIA.


Under Labor’s plan, property investors wishing to buy older style properties will be prevented from claiming interest payments against their incomes, and the capital gains tax break they currently receive would be halved.


A Property Council of Australia survey[1]has shown that nine per cent fewer investors will be prepared to buy new properties, if Labor’s proposed crackdown on negative gearing is implemented.


‘To date, Wagga’s healthy property market hasn’t seen the drop in prices that other areas have but if Labor wants to treat property investing differently from all other forms of investment, it’s ordinary Australians across the board that will pay the price’ says Simon Freemantle, Director PRD Wagga.


‘Property investors will no longer be in a position to access the kinds of taxation benefits they currently enjoy; fewer rental properties will be bought, rents will go up, house prices will fall, and negative gearing benefits will be restricted to top end of town – sharebrokers and bankers who negatively gear shares’, says Mr Freemantle.


The Centre for International Economics[2]recently confirmed that its modelling shows rents will rise, and that will of course be a direct hit on young Australians saving to buy their first home.


All the analysis has shown, time and time again, that scrapping negative gearing will have negative impacts. Two thirds of Australians with incomes under $80,000 use negative gearing to save for their futures, not the top end of town as voters are being led to believe.


Speaking of her own experience, Marketing Manager, Megan Lloyd says “I bought my first investment property 9 years ago through PRD – it’s a 1950’s cottage in a re-developing area. Negative gearing, Wagga’s strong rental market and good capital growth has enabled me to halve the debt to equity ratio over that time. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without negative gearing. I may even have chosen another form of investment”


SQM Research director Louis Christopher also predicts undesirable potential outcomes, suggesting that Labor’s housing tax policy could trip our economy into recession, with the policy exacerbating already falling house prices and causing them to fall further – a capital city weighted average of between 5% and 12%.



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